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|Title:||Tailoring Cu<inf>2-x</inf>Te quantum-dot-decorated ZnO nanoparticles for potential solar cell applications|
Physics and Astronomy
|Abstract:||Cu2-xTe QDs on ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized using a successive ionic layer absorption and reaction technique (SILAR) at room temperature. The as-synthesized QDs which were distributively deposited on ZnO nanoparticles surface were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), X-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmittance microscope (HR-TEM). It revealed that the average diameter of the QDs was ∼2 nm. The synthesized Cu2-xTe QDs were solely orthorhombic Cu1.44Te phase. The growth mechanism was supposed that it based on ions deposition. The energy gap of as-synthesized Cu2-xTe QDs was determined ∼1.1 eV and the smallest energy gap of 0.76 eV was obtained, equal to that of bulk material. Raman spectroscopy and FTIR were also used to study the Cu2-xTe QDs on ZnO nanoparticles. These characteristics suggest a promising implication for a potential broadband sensitizer of QDSCs. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.|
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